Scroll through any one of the many Facebook groups dedicated to tracking the mysterious drone sightings over Colorado and Nebraska, and you’ll find no shortage of people convinced they’re seeing something.
We just counted 30 Haxtun drones / UAVs / UFOs, ”wrote one man.
“In Kearney, NE, about 8 traveled west,” said another.
“Swarms of them,” someone posted about drones circling Denver. “They seemed to be making a circular pattern around the city.”
Calls from residents concerned about secret government spying and invasions of privacy led local sheriff’s departments to set up a task force last week, in partnership with federal and state agencies, to try to get to the bottom of drone sightings.
So far, they have found nothing. Authorities told the ABC News that his search yielded no evidence of suspicious drone activity.
The state of Colorado even sent its high-tech surveillance aircraft in the air late Monday (6). Multi-mission aircraft (MMA) generally track the spread of fires and are equipped with sensitive cameras and sensors that can see through smoke. The MMA flew a spaghetti pattern above northeastern Colorado for nearly five hours.
A statement from the Colorado Department of Public Security reported on Thursday:
MMA has the ability to detect heat signatures; did not detect any heat signatures or suspicious drones related to drone reports during the flight.
Authorities have suggested that people who think they are seeing drones may be seeing something else.
“Several reports have resulted in verified aircraft,” said Micki Trost, spokeswoman for Colorado’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.
Many people insist that this is not the case.
One woman wrote on Facebook:
We live here long enough to know that these are not airplanes, we have been on the balcony at night enough times to know that they are not airplanes.
Another man reported seeing a burning drone in Logan County, Colorado. Police searching the area found nothing and suggested that he had actually seen a meteor or a shooting star.
Another theory is that the initial sightings reported in mid-December were nothing but drones, but a constellation of recently launched Internet SpaceX global satellites known as Starlink. The satellites, which look like a line of dots in the sky, would be visible from the night of December 18 and seemed brighter than Venus, according to the satellite tracking site. Heavens Above.
This is not to say that there are not yet some drones out there somewhere that could be potentially dangerous.
On Thursday night, the Colorado Department of Public Security said a report of a drone within 30 meters of a medical helicopter “has raised concern about reports of suspected drones in northeastern Colorado.”
The agency said it would activate features that could include the use of ground and air teams, and posted a document frequently asked questions about suspicious drone activity.
Online, theories abound and broaden the imagination. Some insist that drones must belong to the military looking for a lost nuclear warhead, DEA agents looking for houses that grow marijuana illegally or, yes, aliens.
Colonel Steve Ganyard, former Navy fighter pilot and US Navy consultant ABC News, said:
It seems that drones are dominating UFO mass hysteria and sightings of “Big foot“. The difference here is that these are not aliens. It’s probably your neighbors riding your drones at night.
Denials and government statements did not help. Phillips County Sheriff said on Monday that authorities were looking for a “command vehicle”, describing it on Facebook as “a trailer with antennas or a big van.”
On Wednesday, however, the department said the vehicle was no longer relevant and would make no further statement about drones, prompting some to suggest that the department was forced to be quiet…
Officials said they are not completely abandoning the search for mysterious drones. The truth may still be out there.
We will continue to work with the joint operation of local, state and federal agencies as long as community members continue to report suspicious activity.